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E. M. Bowden's Patents Syndicate Co

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of Gray's Inn Road, Holborn, London

1897 Incorporated as a limited company as E. M. Bowden's Patents Syndicate Co Ltd. by Ernest Mornington Bowden

1900 It is reported that "on 12th January 1900, E. M. Bowden granted a licence to The Raleigh Cycle Company of Nottingham", whose directors were Frank Bowden and Edward Harlow. At this signing they became members of the E. M. Bowden's Patents Syndicate Ltd. The syndicate included, among others, Richard Henry Lea and Graham Ingoldsby Francis of Lea-Francis, and William Riley of the Riley Cycle Co.

1902 George Frederick Larkin patented a flexible cable brake for cycles. His Patent Agent introduced him to the Bowden Syndicate, who agreed to manufacture and market the invention with the proviso that it should be patented jointly in the names of the inventor and themselves. Within a few months, Larkin, then aged 23, was engaged as Motor Department Manager with E. M. Bowden's Patents Syndicate, and he was appointed General Works Manager on 1 May 1904.

From 1902 to 1905 built Bowden motorcycles were made (see advert).

1904 E. M. Bowden's Patents Syndicate Co acquired an injunction against the Nottingham Cycle Co to prevent them using their patent brakes[1]

1904 November. Bowden's patent of 1896 was revoked on the grounds that the claims were too wide, hence not specific enough[2]

1906 Displayed at Olympia exhibition a mileage recorder and other applications of the flexible cable mechanism[3].

1908 Mr Arthur St Clair Goodwin was manager of 2 associated companies Bowden Brake Co and E. M. Bowden's Patents Syndicate Co[4]

1910 Re-registered as Bowden Wire Ltd


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 30 April 1908
  2. The Times, Thursday, Nov 17, 1904
  3. The Times, 24 November 1906
  4. The Times, 30 April 1908